Signs of an Obama Christmas

So, it was over the hills and the Fox River and through the woods and the Port Barrington speed trap to Uncle Joe’s house we go.

And what did we see through the fog up above?

A lighted sign that said brightly,


I took a picture from the passenger seat.

“Isn’t that sweet?” I thought. Some church has put up a sign for Christmas.

When we got closer to Silver Lakes Road, I saw the sign was a political one for


running for the McHenry County Board in District 1.

That’s the district that covers Fox River Grove, Cary and lots of Algonquin.

Fox River Grove resident Bless is running against two better known opponents from that town,

  • former Fox River Grove village president Bill Yocius, who ran against me in the 1992 primary for state representative, and
  • long-time Algonquin Township Trustee Lowell Cutsworth

Algonquin’s incumbent Marc Munaretto, is the fourth person on the ballot for the two slots.

The other incumbent, Dan Shea, also a former Fox River Grove village president, is retiring. Shea is the county board member who came up with the greatest quote about how irritating my taking flash pictures at a county board meeting:

“Law enforcement uses flash bombs to distract people, yet we are being asked to make important decisions under similar situations.”

What does this have to do with Illinois’ U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama?

Hey, folks.

It’s Christmas.

When is the last time you saw a political sign B-E-F-O-R-E Christmas?

Illinois Democrats moved the primary election date forward from the third Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February.

They said they did it to give Obama an advantage, but I think at least a strong a reason was to discourage challengers.

Tough to go door-to-door when there’s snow on the ground and it’s freezing cold.

Of course, January could be as warm as last year and that might thwart the plans of incumbents to get re-nominated on name identification alone.

In any event, I have seen three signs of the February 5th Republican primary in the snow.

One was Bob Blessings’ 24-hour lit sign.

The second was a mini-billboard for State Senator Pam Althoff, who has no opponent.

The third were 4 foot by four foot yard signs for McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. You can see the one no Pingree Road best, but a bit of the one on East Crystal Lake Avenue can be seen, too. The guys behind former McHenry County State’s Attorney Gary Pack are backing his opponent.

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